Auburn Shelter

This shelter is no longer operated by VOA


THE AUBURN SHELTER for shelter operations please call 530-885-8108

Beginning July 1, 2018, the management, staffing, meals, and operation of the Auburn Homeless Shelter is being provided by The Gathering Inn.

If you are in need of emergency shelter services please call Placer County Coordinated Entry toll-free 1-833-375-2237

For Auburn Shelter job inquiries: Contact The Gathering Inn and ask for Marie. 916-791-9355. Or

For Auburn Shelter donations please contact Michael at The Gathering Inn 916-791-9355 Or

Volunteers of America will continue to focus on affordable housing for seniors and other vulnerable populations in Placer County, including veterans, and at-risk youth through our long-standing programs.

Right Hand Auburn will be focusing their efforts to develop transitional housing in the Auburn area, supporting the medical and counseling services at the Auburn Renewal Center, and the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

We THANK YOU for your support over the last three years in our efforts to establish Auburn's first homeless shelter and we hope you will join us as we continue to serve our community in new ways.


Beginning in Winter 2014, the non-profit organization Right Hand Auburn, (RHA) devoted its energy to passionately advocating for an emergency homeless shelter to serve those in need in the Auburn area.

The Auburn Shelter opened June 1, 2015 on a temporary 90 day basis granted by the County of Placer and in November 2015 became a 24/7 center in a former Placer County barrack no longer being used by the county.

In March 2016 the Auburn Shelter operation contract was awarded by Placer County to Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada. VOA-NCNN operates all shelter programs, staff, case management, policies, oversees volunteers other than those for meal service and also all Placer Country contractual requirements.

The Right Hand Auburn organization continues to provide all meals for the Auburn Shelter and is the driving force in community relations - encouraging ongoing homeless studies & planning with the City of Auburn and County of Placer.

If you are in need of shelter services please call Placer County Coordinated Entry toll-free 1-833-375-2237

The Auburn Shelter team includes on-site Case Management, Care Coordinators, Housing Specialists, and Support Staff. Together they provides services including:

  • Immediate crisis assessment and stabilization with consistent one-location 24/7 sheltering.
  • Three meals daily. Meals are coordinated by partner Right Hand Auburn, and provided in the dining room by many community volunteers, groups and local restaurants.
  • On-site classes for life skills, personal finances, individual well-being, and education.
  • Employment resources, job readiness training, skills assessment and a dress-for-success clothing closet.
  • Housing coordination for the next level of care, transitional housing, and/or permanent housing.
  • Connection, for those with military service, to the VOAncnn Veterans Service Team and Placer County Veterans Office.
  • Referrals for medical and dental care and follow-up; on-site visits from medical professionals; and transportation to appointments.
  • Mental health intervention, assessment and services in partnership with Placer County.
  • Access to addiction recovery services and on-site support group meetings.
  • Coordination with Sutter Health's Interim Care Program for clients recently hospitalized.
  • Self-worth care with on-site showers and laundry facilities; bedding; supplies, toiletries and personal hygiene products. Season clothing is also available in the Shelter's clothing closet
  • Pet kennels and access to veterinary care provide by local professionals.


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    March 2018

    Auburn Shelter summary June 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018

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    January 2017

    Summary as of December 31, 2016

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    February 2016

    Auburn Shelter summary June 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016

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  • 194

    have been placed into transitional or permanent housing in the last two years

  • 150,896

    meals have been served since opening June 2015

  • 100%

    sobriety is required of clients. Drug and alcohol testing is done upon EVERY entry

  • 100

    Individuals served nightly = FULL occupancy

  • 100

    Men and women in full time case managed program at shelter

  • 267

    Men and Women have been served in the last six months

  • 21 Veterans

    are helped, on average, monthly

ABOUT Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada: Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada, a faith based non-profit is one of the largest providers of social services in the state since is founding in Sacramento in 1911. Operating more than 50 programs including housing, employment services, substance abuse and recovery services to families, individuals, veterans, seniors and youth; Volunteers of America NCNN provides shelter or housing to nearly 1,900 men, women and children every night in the Greater Sacramento area alone. Additionally we serve the Oakland/SF Bay area and the Reno/Sparks Nevada region. Nationally, the Volunteers of America affiliates together helps more than 2.5 million people annually in more than 400 communities across all of the United States.

Volunteers of America NCNN CONTACTS

GENERAL QUESTIONS OF COMMENTS, 916-265-3400 or mail to 3434 Marconi Ave Sacramento, CA 95821

On-Site intake and client services questions you may contact Beth Valentine, Auburn shelter program manager, Volunteers of America NCNN 530-885-8840

To take a tour, grants or donations Melissa Chin, senior development officer, Volunteers of America NCNN 916-265-3974

Media, marketing & communications Elizabeth Sands, communications and marketing manager, Volunteers of America NCNN 916-265-3642 or 530-320-8957

In-Kind Donations (non-food) and Volunteers (non-food) Elyse Duenas, community realtions manager, Volunteers of America NCNN 916-265-3978

Right Hand Auburn Information & Contacts

ABOUT Right Hand Auburn: Founding organization of the Auburn Shelter. Right Hand Auburn is a group of local business, non-profits and faith-based organizations that have come together to address the need of the homeless in the Auburn community. RHA is a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation with the charitable 501c3 designation for the State of California and the Federal Internal Revenue Service Tax ID #47-2205031 and founded the Auburn Shelter in 2015. RHA invites you to lift your hand to aid someone in need through donations, learn more about the shelter and lend your voice to support the mission of Right Hand Auburn. For more information visit or email

Right Hand Auburn, non-profit, or email

Food donations, meal preparation and meal service volunteering John Petrera, RHA meal coordinator,